Headteacher joins lollipop patrol
Published 06/10/2010 | 09:40
A headteacher is working as a volunteer lollipop lady after education bosses cut funding for a crossing patrol, a school has confirmed.
Tania Johnson, head of Horringer Court Middle School, in Horringer, Suffolk, has split the duties with three members of her senior staff.
Between them, they work on the crossing between 8.15am and 8.35am each school day. They also man the patrol after school, between 3.15pm and 3.30pm.
Parents have been sent a letter from the school explaining that funding for the patrol, on a busy road, has been cut by Suffolk County Council due to "financial restraints". The previous lollipop man retired last week.
The letter said: "Members of school staff have volunteered to man the crossing until March, when the county (council) will review the situation."
There are 350 pupils at the school, aged between nine and 13.
Mrs Johnson told the East Anglian Daily Times: "We got together and decided it was a crossing that needed to be manned. We are a middle school but our youngest children are only nine and they do need to be seen across and, at the end of the day, children do like to run out of school."
A council spokesman said: "Suffolk County Council appreciates the dedication and commitment of all school crossing patrol staff.
"The service is currently under review as part of the council's New Strategic Direction and, like all other services, it is subject to recruitment restrictions.
"Where there are changes to crossing patrol arrangements at a particular school, we ask the school to inform their parents as, ultimately, it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children get to school safely."